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... enterprises include candles, paper products, toiletries and a liqueur distillery. Tourism and offshore banking feature heavily in the local economy. Originally populated by Arawak Indians it was discovered in 1499 by a Spanish explorer. The first Spanish settlers arrived in 1527. The Dutch arrived in 1634 and shipped the Spaniards off ...
... No big deal.
We reserved a rental car for the day and it was ready to go at our scheduled time of 9:00 AM. We headed out of town and drove northwest to Christoffel National Park. The park is located on the far northwest of the island.
There are two roads bisecting the park. We choose the mountain route. It proved to be a fun choice. After paying the fee and passing through the gate we were soon confronted with a sign. The sign indicated ...
... the tour, wandered the Otrabanda, saw the Venezuelan floating market. Curacao is only 40 miles from Venezuela, so many people bring their fruits and veggies over here to sell. Walked across the pontoon bridge, that swings open to let ships through. Then caught a tuk-tuk back to the ship.
Between the humidity, the stairs at the caves, and the explorations of the floating market and old town we were 2 tired puppies.... time to call it a day.
... that was rung meant that it was about to swing open to let some boats down river, so he then spent a happy 10 minutes extolling the virtues of such engineering to a slightly bored Carol (it's a floating bridge you know!), the bridge sailing away to the left bank leaving anyone on the other ...
... out yard did have a mechanic on the premises however, and he was very helpful with any questions Ray put to him. Given it was Christmas time, we gave the mechanic and his assistant a Christmas gift (a cold slab of beer of course) which we had to wrap as best we could in garbage bags because we didn't have any Christmas wrapping paper. You can see the result of our artistic wrapping in the photo gallery.
In the meantime, whilst waiting for the parts ...
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